Camping near Guérande and salt marshes
Discover Guérande and its salt marshes
Whether you are passionate about history, nature lovers or in search of unusual discoveries, enjoy your stay at the Camping **** Le Moulin de l'Eclis to discover Guérande, a pretty medieval city of Loire Atlantique surrounded by ramparts several centuries old , now labeled City of Art and History. It is also an opportunity to visit the salt marshes and see how the salt workers harvest the precious "Fleur de Sel de Guérande" according to a tradition of more than 1000 years.
Consult the website of the Guérande Tourist Office.
Guérande gives you an appointment with history!
Located 20 km from the campsite, Guérande is a true jewel of military architecture wanted by the Dukes of Brittany. The fortified enclosure of Guérande is one of the best preserved urban enclosures in France and one of the most complete in Brittany with six towers and four fortified gates. Listed as historical monuments, the ramparts extend over 1,300 m of curtain walls, walls and moats. The walk on the walkway allows to admire beautiful views of the city before venturing there. You can start your tour of Guérande through the Porte Saint-Michel, the main entrance to the walled city that marks a monumental logis-châtelet of the fifteenth century flanked by two huge towers. This is where the "captain of the city" lived during the time of the dukes of Brittany. Today, we discover a temporary exhibition dedicated to the history of the Pays de Guérande. Continue the stroll through the cobbled alleyways and shopping streets of the old town, all of which lead to the central square, where Saint Aubin Collegiate Church stands, one of the most beautiful monuments in the city. Other historical discoveries: the Notre-Dame-la-Blanche church and the old timber-framed houses of the Faubourg Saint-Michel, the elegant mansions of the 18th century surrounded by flowery gardens or the small mansions embellished with skylights with pediments and Pilaster doors ... From April to October, you can learn more about the history of Guérande by visiting the emblematic monuments of the city accompanied by a guide-lecturer (information from the Tourist Office).
The medieval festival of Guérande: a weekend not to be missed!
If you stay at the 4-star campsite Le Moulin de l'Éclis between late May and early June, you will be in the front row to participate in the Medieval Festival of Guérande which meets each year more than 50 000 visitors ... This week's program festive and family-friendly: knights and acrobats, a medieval fair, equestrian games and parades in costumes, banquets, games and dances of the Middle Ages ... If you have children who dream of knights and princesses, this is an appointment not to be missed!
Visit of Guérande salt marshes
During your camping holidays, discover the salt marshes of Guérande, on foot or by bike, on the small roads between La Turballe and Le Croisic via Batz-sur-Mer. Labeled "Remarkable Site of Taste" since 1996, the salt marshes of Guérande extend over 2000 hectares of landscapes shaped by the hand of man for a millennium. This is where the salt workers delicately harvest the coveted fleur de sel of gourmets. During a guided tour in the company of a naturalist guide, you will discover all the secrets of the salt marshes and the different facets of this unique natural site, recognized as a remarkable heritage. On the program: fun activities for children, nature outings to observe the wild fauna and flora, cultural walks in the small villages and hamlets of the peninsula of Guérande ...
To see, to do around Guérande
- The Château de Careil, a small fortified manor dating back to the 14th century, offers original and unusual guided tours in the summer, like a candlelit stroll.
- The village of Clis, a picturesque hamlet of Guérande, with its traditional salt marsh houses that overlook the salt marshes ...
- Le Moulin du Diable (15th century), a typical Breton mansion of the 15th century located on the road to Herbignac. It is the subject of many Breton legends where diableries and sorceries mingle ...
- The Guérande salt-ground museum, an area of 1000 m² to discover the profession of salt and the operation of salt marshes according to the seasons. (Departures of discovery outings on the salt marshes)